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saying this is just loreporters trying to make themselves the story. >> i hate that. that's not what i came here for. i'd much rather be -- a got a lot of great material i'm hopefully going to still be able to use. >>. look forward to reading it. we go to wolf blitzer whos in in "the situation room." >> happening now, breaking news. a city on eng bracing for another night of possible unrest. the police chief calls ferguson, missouri, a powder keg. call for healing. president obama speaks out about the violence in missouri as the justice department steps in to try to diffuse the tension. stepping down. iraq's prime minister yields to growing pressure and agrees to leave office without a fight. but there are mo new concerns about advances by isis militants. i'm wolf blitzer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
we're following the breaking news. a st. louis suburb reeling from unrest and growing fear. scenes like this could be repeated in the coming hours. the more governor jay nixon has announced the state highway patrol will be taking over security in ferguson, missouri, the town thrust into the spotlight with the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. the outrage that's boiling over in protests and the dramatic police response. we're also following breaking news in iraq where the prime minister nuri al maliki has just announced he is stepping down, clearing the way for a new government amid the growing isis threat. we have our cnn global resources on both stories comprehensive coverage with our reporters and you're guests. let's begin with our national correspondent jason carroll in ferguson, missouri. what are you seeing there now, jason? >> well, wolf, i'm sure you can hear honking going on and you can still see some of the protesters who have already started to gather out here just as they did last night and the
night before that. also out here, we've seen 50 to 60 police cars, also s.w.a.t. team on the ready. basically in anticipation of what could happen out here again tonight. police as you know, wolf, already criticized for their show of force out here last night. they were out here here with a s.w.a.t. team in heavy riot gear. they used tear gas and bean bag rounds and also used rubber bullets to disburse the crowds gathered out here last night. in terms of what's expected here tonight, protesters we've spoken to say they're going to be here in full force. police say they're going to be out here as well. last night during the melee, two journalists were arrested. both released. no charges filed. within the past hour, missouri's governor spoke out and basically said there needs to be a changing in tactics. he basically said it's time for people to come together to put their arms around each other.
he says it's also okay for people to express themselves and wolf, he also introduced captain ronald johnson. he is now going to be the man heading up security and within the past hour, captain johnson spoke, as well. >> i grew up here and this is currently my community and my home. therefore, it means a lot to me personally we break this cycle of violence, defuse the tension and build trust, showing the utmost respect for every interaction with every citizen. i understand that the anger and fear that the citizens of ferguson are feeling, and our police officers will respect both of those. >>. >> again, wolf, behind me you can see the demonstrators already out here moral expected out here again tonight. the governor saying once again that it's appropriate for the demonstrators to be out here saying "it's time to step back and let some energy be felt in
the region." the ferguson police department also saying once again, it is appropriate for demonstrators to be out here during the day and again at night. but they're going to have their tactical units on the ground in case there are people out here who they say intend to do more than just demonstrate. >> jason, thanks very much. jason carroll in ferguson. president obama broke from his vegas to speak out about the unrest in ferguson. senior white house correspondent jim acosta is covering the president's vacation on ma that's vineyard. not much of a vacation at least part of the day. tell viewers what the president had to say about the violence in missouri. >> wolf, the unrest in ferguson, missouri, is the latest crisis to crash the president's vacation here as one aide put it, the situation was just not getting better. so the president decided to deliver an emotional plea for peace to both the protesters and the police. as president obama touted the breaking of one deadly siege
in iraq, he tried to defuse another powder keg on american soil. the mounting violence in ferguson, following the police shooting death of unarmed missouri teenager michael brown. >> now is the time for peace and calm on streets of ferguson. >> on vacation in martha's vineyard, the president was briefed on the fbi and justice department investigations into brown's death by attorney general eric holder who is also spending sim off on the island. >> we lost a young man, michael brown in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances. he was 1 years old. his family will never told meekal in their arms again. >> during a haste lit arranged statement to reporters, prosecution obama said there's no excuse for the looting after his death but the president also chastised local police in ferguson. >> stop videotaping. we'll grab our stuff and go. >> for detaining reporters in "the washington post" and "huffington post" just covering
the story. >> police should not be bullying or arresting journalist who's are trying to do their jobs and report what they see on the ground to the american people. >> a problem fellow dras in missouri worry may be spiraling out of control. >> i have been working to try to demilitary rise the police response over the last 24 hours. >> for the president it's not the first time he's criticized local police as he did in 2009 after the arrest of harvard professor henry louis loose gates. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was proof they were in their own home. >> it was an attempt to head off racial unrest. from iraq to a spat with hillary clinton, this week has further confirmation that a president is never truly on vacation. still, seven minutes after a statement to reporters, the president was back on the golf
course. >> and the white house says the president has no plans top end his vacation early. he does have a trip scheduled back to washington back to the white house for meetings there for two days on monday and tuesday. but aides to the president say he is headed backing to martha's vineyard on tuesday to finish off the rest of his vacation. if there's anybody who needs a vacation after their vacation, it's the president. >> good point. jim, thanks very much. let's get more with john gas kin account st. louis county naap. thanks very much for joining us. what do you think of what the president -- i assume you heard what the president had to say today what's going on in ferguson. what was your reaction? >> i am so happy and so moved to hear that the president of the united states has used his office as president to speak out against the terrible police brutality that's been used within the last few days here in st. louis county. he's been known to speak on
these terrible issues about police brutality and that we need to do better. we as the local naacp and i'm sure the national is very happy to hear that the president is speaking out about this. >> but he also said there is never any excuse to attack police officers either, right? >> there's never an excuse to attack officers. we at the naacp are strongly encouraging people to stay calm but also exercise their rights. make their voices heard and be able to display what it is that's taking place here on the ground. we don't want to get hurt. it's never excuse be for someone to hit an officer or to engage with law enforcement because we want people to be mindful here on the ground, have you law enforcement that's on the edge and very, very upset and as we've seen, will make some decisions that could potentially end people's lives. we don't want any more blood shed here opt ground. >> what do you think about the governor's decision to remove
for all practical purposes the st. louis county police and bring in the highway patrol, the state highway patrol? what's your reaction to that? >> well, it's kind of two-fold. i'm very -- we're relieved to see that the governor has finally intervened on this matter and said something as the state's leader. we are happy that it's now a priority to him because it's been a major priority to us. i think it was a real sign when it became a major priority to the president of the united states. but we hope that allowing the state police to intervene and to provide some protection to these people to make them feel skir which is what law enforcement on the ground is supposed to do, serve and protect, we hope that the state's police, i have confidence that the state's police will do their job, protect people but also allow them to be able to observe their rights here on the ground and votes their concerns for sure. >> the ferguson police chief
called the situation in the city there in ferguson a powder keg. he's going to be speaking shortly having another news conference. what do you want to hear from the police chief in ferguson? >> the first thing we want to hear from the police chief and the local naacp had discussed in this afternoon is an apology to the family. we know that no charges have come up just yet. i think it would be very comforting to the community, to the brown family, is to hear an apology for the pain and the suffering that that he have had to go through considering their son has been killed by local law enforcement within their own neighborhood. the second thing we want to hear is we want to hear some more details about this case. we want to hear ways that they're cooperating with the justice department, that they're cooperating with the feds and ways that we can look begin to look down the road in the future on how police brutality can begin to be eliminated as i've stated on your network
previously. this is not the first time that this local police department has had an issue with the way that they treat bmws as we say, black men walking. the ferguson police department has had issues. we voiced that and i'm so very happy although it's unfortunate a young black man has been killed, there's finally pa light shed on this issue. it's our hope that the american congress will use this policy window as an opportunity to address police brutality on a national stage in congress. >> john gas kin of the naacp in st. louis county, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> coming up, we're learning new information about the investigation into the shooting that sparked all of this. plus the history of racial tension in ferguson. we've uncovered some disturbing
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live pictures from ferguson, missouri, the town is clearly on edge right now. we're following breaking news, a fifth night of protests about to begin in ferguson, continuing fallout from the police shooting of an unarmed african-american teenager. the intense police response has drawn national concern. the governor of missouri just announced the missouri highway patrol will be taking over in ferguson. take tapper the anchor of the lead" is on the scene for us. what are you seeing right now? >> well, there are protesters right here where this burnt out convenience store is from
saturday night's rioting i suppose is the only term for it. this has been called ground zero. you heard governor jay nixon refer to it as that. not long away i went to canfield green, the housing development where the young man, mike brown was shot and talked to several people in the community. there's real frustration there because they still don't know the anything about the shooting. they don't know how many times he was shot, they don't know the name of the officer who did the shooting. and one member of the community pointed out to me it's not as though the police hasn't been releasing other information, for instance the names and hometowns of those arrested for looting and other activities. they have been published in the newspaper as opposed to this officer. of course, the officer has not been charged with anything, which is, of course, the biggest source of frustration. >> the police say he could be in danger if his name were out there, there would be death threats against him. is that something that's understood there or how are people reacting to that
suggestion shall we say? >> i think a lot of people don't buy it and a lot of people in the community think that there's such a tension between it the police and community right now, attention that the governor acknowledged by basically swatting away the ferguson police in the st. louis county police and saying you're not in charge of security for this area anymore. that is a huge vote of no confidence by the governor of missouri. so i think there's a lot of trust that needs to be developed and one of those degrees of trust as i've been told by members of the community here is a little bit more transparency and being forthcoming about what happened, who did this, what is the official punish explanation. they have seen bullet holes and bullets taken out of their homes from the incident that night. well, how is the investigation going? what else are the police able to tell them about what happened that night. this is a community that is grieving and is in mourning but also a community that is very frustrated, wolf. >> jake, thanks very much. jake tapper on the scene for us.
the attorney general eric hold ser criticizing what he calls the extreme display of force by police in ferguson. we're learning new information about the investigation into the police shooting of the 18-year-old michael brown. our justice correspondent pamela brown is here in "the situation room" working the story for us. cnn has interviewed a lot of eyewitnesss and others who were there, but this federal investigation, the justice investigation only just beginning >> we're learning, wolf, that the investigation was launched earlier in the week but federal investigators have begun interviewing eyewitnesss to claim to have been there at the scene when the shooting that michael brown shooting occurred on saturday. >> we've learned from a source that dorian johnson, the key witness here, ha has been interviewed by federal authorities. dorian johnson says that he was actually walking with michael brown when he was shot and killed, and in fact, wolf, you interviewed dorian johnson. here's what he told you in his
account. >> i see the officer proceeding. after my friend big mike with his gun drawn and he fired a second shot and that struck my friend big mike. at that time, are he turned around with his hands up beginning to tell the officer that he was unarmed. and to tell him to stop shooting but at the same time, the officer was firing several more shots into my friend. and he hit the ground and died. i watched him until his body stopped moving and then i ran. >> so that is dorian johnson's account. other eyewitnesss on the ground give similar accounts claiming that brown surrendered, that he held his arms up in the air. however, police are giving a different story saying there was anal an ter indication than brown tried to steal the officer's gun. that interview with key witnesses like dorian johnson is the first major step in the investigation. of course, it's easy to actually interview the witnesses but it's another thing to actually get at accurate account because of conflicting reports from
witnesses. we have conflicting reports as i said from the police department and those actually on the scene bystanders. >> this fbi justice department investigation is going to go on i suspect for a while. pamela brown, thanks very much for that report. coming up, the town's troubled history on race. we're learning new information about the years of tension between police and residents in ferguson. plus, there's major breaking news coming out of iraq. the prime minister nuri al maliki stepping down as isis militants push further into the country. we're going live to baghdad. [ female announcer ] we help make secure financial tomorrows a reality for over 19 million people. [ alex ] transamerica helped provide a lifetime of retirement income. so i can focus on what matters most. [ female announcer ] everyone has a moment when tomorrow becomes real.
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news. the missouri state highway patrol now taking over security in ferguson, missouri, as the st. louis suburb brays for another night of protests over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, michael brown. joining us two guests, charles mousse is joining from us tampa and a reporter for usa today in ferguson. chief moose, first to you. how do you deal with, there's a long history of racial tension in ferguson. what do you think needs to be done to overcome that during these critical hours and days that we're watching? >> well, i this i one of the key things, wolf, you have to have some different style of leadership. the releasing of the name of the officer, meeting with the community, hearing what the community has to say, just reaching out to people in the community from the police department, but also from the other leaders in the community,
all pass sets of the community need to be involved. there needs to be a meeting. there needs to be contact. other people in the community besides the black community i thist are certainly concerned about the situation, and they also need to be involved. political leaders need to be part of the peaceful protests. other people need to show that they care, need to show they are concerned and that they have respect for the people in this community. >> as you know, the governor has basically kicked out the st. louis county police and brought in the state highway patrol. is that going to help? >> people here tell me that's going to help. a lot of people i talked to in the apartments where michael brown was shot said they're tired of seeing thanks and tear gas and fatigues and rifles and they say they hope the missouri highway patrol will have a different tactic. they're looking forward to a change of tone. one mon told me he felt like he
was being treated like an animal. he was trying to sit on his porch. he felt there were police everywhere. people are looking forward to this and optimistic this change is going to help the situationings. >> chief moose, a lot of viewers will remember you from the days you were leading the investigation into the snipers killing people in dc, maryland, virginia area. you have long experience in kind of work. but this military inrization of these local police forces, you see these guys coming out with armor and sophisticated military weapons, does that send the wrong message to the folks out there? >> it clearly sends the wrong message in this situation. in the united states of america, there's a long history of people taking to the streets to protest peacefully following the mayor tin luther king junior. there needs to be a public apology, not only for the incident that occurred but
apology about the approach taken in dealing with the people in this community. having officers sit on top of thanks with sniper rifles pointed at a crowd trying to get the name of the person that has traditionally always been released, police officers don't merit the right to act in total anonymity. so this whole shutdown and closure of feedback and conversation is unacceptable. >> yamish, you're a journalist. two journalists were arrested, a little bit roughed up last night. what kind of effect has ha had on you and our colleagues trying to cover the story for the american public? >> honestly, i think it put us on eng. it made us think, okay, this is not just about controlling protester but crowing everybody. i'm going above and beyond to
really just follow whatever they tell me to do. i also think it in some ways emblazoned us and made me feel like i do want to tell these stories because for me it, meant i could tell you stories and that i have a privilege to be a journalist and we'd to think about that first amendment. for me, it's really about the death that journalists i think are supportive heren an journalists are really inspired to continue reporting the way that we have. >> chief moose, what do you think about not releasing the name, the identity of the police officer who shot and killed that will young black teenager? >> wolf, i find that unacceptable. the fact that you are a public servant means the fact that you're going to get your name exposed. when my wife and i moved to a troubled neighborhood when i was police chief in the city of portland, oregon, people knew where we were. that resulted eventually into some time of protests in front
of my house. but again, we weren't injured or harmed. people were expressing their concerns. this is what people do. most police officers in today's world drives the car home, park it in front of their house and driveway so they're not living in these neighborhoods in anonymity. for them to pretend they're going to keep this a secret that this officer is never going to be identified that somehow he's going to go into the witness protection program or something, i don't know what the joke is. but they need to just release his name. release his history. and be open with people. he's been serving in that community. it's a fairly small police department. you would think if he's been a good police officer, people in that community already know who he is, they know him and he's living off his reputation. we try to hide now -- to try to hide is totally inappropriate. >> chief moose -- yaniche al sin door, reporter for "usa today," thanks to you both very much for joining us. very, very sensitive and potentially another night of
explosive protests that we're watching. we'll see what happens. we're going to continue to watch all the developments in missouri. much more coming up on that. there's also important breaking news out of iraq as isis militants advance in a direction. iraq's embattled prime minister announces he is stepping down. also a story yao see first right here in "the situation room." a long distance u.s. humanitarian flight bringing aid to iraqis stranded on mount sinjar. where the reward was that what if tnew car smelledit card and the freedom of the open road? a card that gave you that "i'm 16 and just got my first car" feeling. presenting the buypower card from capital one.
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but there's other important breaking news we're following in iraq. where the embattled prime minister nuri al maliki just announced he is stepping down. our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh is joining us now live from baghdad. update viewers, nick, what happened. >> reporter: people have been waiting this announcement from maliki for days, possibly weeks. washington, paris, shiites, his allies saying same thing. finally he took to the stage surrounded by shiite politicians and said he was stepping down. said he couldn't in self-pitying tones endure another wound on his body, talked about his achievements as prime minister and said he was stepping down to make sure there was no had innocent blood spilt trying to look like the unifying figure when many view him as a sectarian who fostered division. haider al abadi has a chance.
he does have to show some sense of unity between the sunnis and shia key to to allowing isis to sweep through territory in the north worrying signs. a key thick on the new prime minister's agenda. they're pushing isis towards towns between the kurdish area and baghdad. potentially seizing large amounts of important territory and cutting can the kurds off from the capital fighting today. that stopping that advance is the first thing on haider al abadi's plate. if he becomes prime minister and he's going to need to show national unity to get international assistance, particularly the u.s. military, more on iraq's side to hold that advance. >> thanks very much. nick paton walsh in baghdad. president obama says the united states will continue air strikes to protect u.s. facilities and personnel in iraq and we're just getting word of new strikes. let's go to pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, what have you learned? >> a new series of strikes nearer beale in northern iraq.
pretty interesting. one of them was to destroy an m wrap vehicles, the vehicles the u.s. sold to iraq that u.s. troops had been using to avoid iraqi ieds during the war. it all comes full circle. i want to show you an amazing photo, a first look at the u.s. special forces team that went 0 to mount sinjar to talk to the people there and find out what was going on. the very first look at american personnel on mount sinjar. president obama having to approve this fission because it was so risky and uncertain. but when the team came back, this he came back with information no one expected. >> u.s. fighter jets are still patrolling the skies over iraq looking for signs of isis on the move. but on mount sinjar, a stunning turn of events. just a few days ago, concerns about genocide and an urgent need for action. >> we're working with international partners to develop options to bring them to
safety. >> but within hours of a u.s. special forces team returning from the mountain, their assess the was accepted by the white house. the u.s. says now, it does not need to mount a massive rescue effort for what was said to be tens of thousands of yazidis trapped there. >> we broke the sisal siege of mount sinjar. we helped vulnerable people reach safety. and we helped save many innocent lives. >> reporter: the pentagon says air strikes will continue if the u.s. sees isis begin to attack. u.s. officials say they were prepared for the worst case no scenario, a massive rescue effort based on seeing news reports including cnn footage of des per participation on the mountain as well as their own drone footage. but now that u.s. troops have seen for themselves the conclusioning is only a few thousand people are left and the air strikes have kept isis at bay. the initial intelligence about the mountain was wrong. but this time, they say, that's
good news. >> in a situation like this, if you're going to have an estimate, where it comes down to saving people's lives or helping save their lives i'd rather be wrong in the end. >> the few thousand yazidis left received another humanitarian air drop of food and water but the pentagon also says this may be the last one. the military team says it found several pallets still unopened and apparently unneeded. but the reality in iraq right now is isis is far from down and out. they are still on the march, of course. and many iraqis, tenses of thousands of iraqis still suffering, still trying to make their way to safety. >> i would say hundreds of thousands, not just tens of thousands. barbara, thanks very much. joining us now rear admiral john kirby, the spokesman for the department of defense. thanks very much for coming in. >> thanks, wolf. >> we heard everywhere marie hearth. there is in her own words there
is still a potential here for genocide. is that true? >> we believe so. just because things are better on mount sinjar and we're glad for that doesn't mean we are forgetting there's still humanitarian issues inside iraq. there's still great suffering. isil remains brutal. and barbaric and absolutely we're still concerned about genocidal type deaths. >> genocide against this is small religious community, the yazidis, christians, shiites? who should fear genocide? >> i think everybody should fear fear isil inside iraq. that's why everybody's taking the threat so seriously. >> the president in his remarks today said the u.s. is going to try to help as many people as possible. does that open the door, now that mount sinjar apparently is resolved. fortunately it's not as bad as we thought it was going to be and people are leaving through the mountain and that's all good and they've got food and water. but what about all these other places? because the president himself said it was a dire situation. >> absolutely. i think we would agree with
that. of course. we're going to continue to monitor and assess the situation on the ground with respect tonight humanitarian issues. and if there's military assistance that can be provide we're going to be prepared and postured to do that. i would add we're working with international partners. this can't just be an american response or even an american military response. we're looking for international partners here. there have been some. this is something the entire national community should be concerned about. >> because there are hims what photo reconnaissance, satellite imagery can do. you had to send u.s. military personnel special operations forces on top of the mountain to get a clear assessment what's going on. i assume you have to do that in a lot of places throughout iraq if there's such great fear of genocide. >> you can have a better picture in some places than others. overhead isr has limited. it's a terrific asset but not going to tell you everything. >> you've got to check on the ground so see what's going on. there's a new prime minister now. nuri al maliki is gone.
does this open the door for new u.s. military to military cooperation with the iraqis? >> we've had specific military to military cooperation with the iraqis since we left in 2011. we have a small team at the embassy that maintained a good relationship with them. we look for that to continue. seeing the reports about prime minister maliki's comments and certainly if true we welcome that. it's time to form a cabinet, form a unit aught government and try to be more responsive to the iraqi people. >> why did they collapse, the iraqi military when these isis forces were coming in towards mosul, this is a big army, the iraqi army. they have several hundred thousand troops that the u.s. trained, armed, financed. in the face of a few thousand isis guys coming in, they leave their bases, run away and leave a lot of sophisticated u.s. military hardware there for the isis troops to use to kill a lot of people. what happened to them? >> we left in 2011, we reported to congress we were leaving an iraqi force capable for the
threat they were facing at the time. >> that turned out not to be true. >> the threat changed since 2011. >> the iraqi government squandered the opportunity that troops gabe them. we left them with a competent iraqi security force but they didn't manage it, equip it, man it it, as well as it should have, adminster it and lead it. what happened up in the north we think was a lack of will and leadership. >> do you have a number how many active duty u.s. military personnel are in iraq right now? >> right now in total just over 900. 100 of those were already there at the embassy in this office of security cooperation. then we've added just a little bit more than 800. >> is that number going to go up, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000? the word mission words mission creep keeps coming up. >> there's not going to be mission creep here. the president has been very clear what our goals and objectives are. mission creep is when the goals and objectives change. they've not changed and we've been working at them efficiently. >> the two goals remain the same? >> one is to continue to look at the humanitarian situation, work
with international partners to try to alleviate that and protect u.s. personnel and facilities. we're doing that through air strikes. >> john kirby is the spokesman for the u.s. department of defense. thanks for coming in. >> up next, compelling new video on a story you see first here in "the situation room." cnn's gary tuchman rides along with a u.s. military crew taking the long way to bring some humanitarian aid to iraqis on mount sinjar. you're going to see it for the first time coming up. right at the top of the hour, we'll go live to the st. louis suburb where the missouri highway patrol is getting ready to take the lead security role hoping to head off another night of trouble.
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. today's breaking news, president obama says the united states broke the seizure on mt. sinjar saving thousands of lives. we're getting a closer look at the long distance humanitarian aid operation. let's go to cnn's gary tuchman. gary, what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, for the last weeks, the u.s. has been working very hard to literally save people's lives. they believe they've been successful and that's one of the reasons their mission may be finished. this huge aircraft flew in the recent humanitarian mission over iraq. an eight-person crew loaded eight tons of food aboard this
u.s. air force c-130. flying out of a base in southwest asia, the u.s. military asking us not to disclose the exact location but the location where the plane flies to is well-known. mt. sinjar, where so many yazidis have been trapped and where the most important part of this mission takes place. over the last week, there have been seven of these missions. the air force and army working together. >> we've delivered 35,000 gallons of water and 114,000 meals. >> it's been a herculean effort but a successful mission. >> reporter: president obama giving credit to soldiers and airmen. >> because of these efforts, we do not expect there to be an additional operation to evacuate people off the mountain and it's
unlikely that we will need to continue humanitarian aid. >> reporter: one of the leaders of this mission, a squadrant commander. >> this is an opportunity to improve the conditions of people in great need and that always makes us feel very proud. >> reporter: the c-130 is a workhorse in the military's aviation fleet. this plane empty weighs 82,000 pounds. it has a multiple of safeguards in case of an accident. this plane is built to maximize the chances of crew member survival. for example, there's an escape hatch in clas the plane goes down in the water or in hostile territory. >> reporter: but these planes performed flawlessly during the humanitarian operation. the crews flying them telling us that the mission was very rewarding. >> i speak for many of the airmen and women that i work with, it was worth all of the training and sacrifices that we
were actually able to improve the conditions of people we were trying to help. >> u.s. fighter aircraft accompany these huge cargo pr n planes as they fly in iraq. once again, these humanitarian drops appear to be done. >> they may be done there but potentially, gary, they could start up again in other locations. there are tens and thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of iraqis who have fled their homes. >> absolutely, wolf. that's one reason why people aren't standing down just yet. this is a phase that's over and may be over completely but there is a chance, as you said, they could move to another party isis-controlled northern iraq and continue the mission some day soon. >> i suspect they will. gary tuchman, thank you for that exclusive report. you're in "the situation room." coming up, more breaking news from ferguson, missouri, facing a possible fifth night of
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a missouri town is bracing for the worst, fearing another night of unrest. police are promising to show restraint after a teenager's death. will president obama's appeal for calm make a difference in the coming hours? police officers across america are equipped with deadly weapons of war straight from the pentagon. we're investigating the arsenal new calls to demilitarize local law enforcement. and isis terrorists made new advances and president obama now says a major evacuation operation isn't needed. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." this is no longer -- >> tonight, the missouri governor is taking action to prevent more chaos and violence
like this. he says the state highway patrol is taking over security in the city of ferguson where violent clashes have occurred since an officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager. >> what's going on here to go to school, to church, and lately it looks like a war zone and that's not acceptable. >> governor jay nixon revealed that he doesn't even know the name of the officer who killed michael brown. this is after president obama shared his concerns about the unrest and announced a federal investigation. we have our correspondents standing by in missouri. we're also covering the breaking news out of iraq. let's go to cnn's jason carroll first who is in ferguson with the very latest. jason? >> reporter: wolf, i'm standing
in the same spot where some of the protests broke out last night and the night before and monday night. a number of protesters have gathered out here to demonstrate. so far, they have done it peacefully. missouri's governor certainly hopes it stays that way. he says going forward there is going to be a change in police tactics. >> now is the time for healing, peace, and calm on the streets in ferguson. >> we're trying to help everybody bring this down. >> reporter: calls for calm in missouri following war-like scenes in st. louis overnight. demonstrators and police clashed for a fifth night after an officer shot and killed an unarmed teen michael brown, just days before he was to leave for college. some journalists covering the mayhem were swept up in it and
an al jazeera crew flees as tear gas canisters detonated in front of them. two other journalists, one from "the washington post," another from "the huffington post," were confronted and detained while working at a nearby mcdonald's. >> hurry up. let's go. >> reporter: they were both released after about 45 minutes, no charges filed. the governor of missouri acknowledges these tensions are deep-seeded. >> over the last few days, there has been a fear to hear. a fear to hear not just about this action but about how it fits in a much longer and broader context of a deeper march to justice. >> reporter: andress departments agree. >> why would you say there's so much anger here. >> they are angry because they can relate to the situation as far as being harassed or
antagonized by police. sometimes they are getting put on the sidewalk as if they are selling drugs or have a weapon and no charges are being filed. they are just being let go. they are just being humiliated. >> reporter: as the investigation continues, this cell phone video obtained by cnn shows one of the family members is being kept away from michael brown's body as it lays in the street. tiffany mitchell shot the video. she says the trouble began at the police car window. >> when they were wrestling through the window, it looked as if meek kell was pushing off and the cop was trying to pull him in and then the cop shot a fire through the window. michael breaks away and starts running away from the officer. the officer gets out of his vehicle and pursues michael as he's shooting his weapon. michael jerks his body as if he was hit and turns around and faces the officer and puts his hands up and the officer continues to shoot him until he goes down to the ground.
>> reporter: so again, wolf, as you can see, demonstrators have started to gather. the demonstration has been peaceful so far. what you cannot see is up the street some 50 to 60 police cars are positioned there, s.w.a.t. team as well there in the ready. once again, the governor and community leaders hoping all of that will not be necessary tonight. >> let's hope. we'll see what happens in the coming hours. jason, thanks very much, jason carroll reporting for us. as the violence has unfolded in missouri, some of the members of congress say the police should be demilitarized. brian todd is looking into this. what is going snon. >> wolf, you are seeing military-grade weapons all over the streets these days. they are getting into the hands of more and more police, many of whom are not trained properly about how or when to use them. >> reporter: men in kef kevlar
vests moving in armored vehicles. >> a mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, it's meant to be protected by bombs. >> reporter: but the aclu says more than 500 emracks have been reported in the u.s. indications of that are everywhere in ferguson. police in these towns are getting combat equipment free of charge from the pentagon. the defense department says just in 2013, nearly $450 million worth of military equipment was given to law enforcement. a defense official says ferguson police only got a couple of
humvees and a trailer. but police departments got hundreds of m-16 rifles in recent years. often when they get these weapons, policemen's attitudes change. >> increasingly the police are trained to view the people in the communities that they are supposed to be protecting and serving as enemies. >> reporter: dcansky says all to often without the proper training in how to use all of this military gear overreact when conducting minor operations, like serving search warrants. >> they will drive up in an armored vehicle, yelling at everyone to get on the floor. this is an extremely dramatic experience and we've seen over and over again situations like this where people are traumatized and sometimes people are injured and killed. >> reporter: but current and former police say criminals have increasingly more fire power and law enforcement can't be afford
to be outgunned. >> if people are shooting at the police and committing looting and other violent acts, the police need to protect themselves. >> reporter: the defense department supports this trend as well. unending hassle and documentation to secure a passport as reported by "the washington post," your local police force need only fill out a one-page form for an armored personal carrier. >> how and when did this get started? >> in the 1980s and 1990s when the war on drugs were presented with better weapons to fight the drug cartel. it started when the military started to procure more weapons and it had a much bigger surplus and a lot of weapons to give to these police forces and a lot of them didn't need it but it's gone overboard. >> a local communities with a lot of gear on the streets
there. thank you, brian todd, for that report. president obama says there's no excuse for police to use excessive force against protesters. we're learning new information about the investigation. the justice department and fbi are now getting involved in order to do so by the president. let's bring in our correspondent pamela brown who is taking a closer look at what federal officials are about to do. what are we learning? >> reporter: federal officials from doj and fbi and attorney's office in st. louis are on the ground in ferguson conducting the investigation and the first major step that has been taken is interviewing eyewitnesss who say they were on the scene when michael brown was shot on saturday. wolf, we have learned from a source that federal officials have interviewed 22-year-old dorion johnson who claims he was with michael brown when brown was shot by police. of course, he's a key witness in all of this but we've learned that several witnesses have been interviewed and this is just a
small part of the puzzle for the investigation. authorities, wolf, are going to be looking at ballistics, autopsy results to try to piece together whether or not michael brown's civil rights were violated, a key distinction to this investigation separate from the local investigation and the civil rights investigation takes time. you look into the probe of whether trayvon martin's civil rights were violated, that is still going on. it's a long process. >> what is eric holder saying about the demilitarization? >> he made it clear that he's not happy with the militarization of the police there in ferguson. this is what he said in a statement. "i am deeply concerned about the deployment of military vehicles sends a conflicting message" so in response to this, wolf, eric holder has sent a team to ferguson to assist with technical assistance. that means they are going to be helping police on the ground in
ferguson, using less extreme measure to control the crowd. >> including the civil rights division from the justice department as well. pamela brown, thanks very much. we're joined by the former member of the congressional black caucus. colonel ronald is joining us on the phone. thanks very much for joining us. give us your mission exactly because it looks like the governor jay nixon lost confidence in the st. louis police force, asked them to give way to the missouri highway patrol. you're in charge. what's your mission? >> you know, i wouldn't chea characterize it as the governor losing confidence. we've been here since saturday working happened in hand with the local authorities. it's more of a shift of him
stepping forward and taking more of a leadership role and hopefully we'll see a more peaceful response. hopefully the community will cooperate and those that are there will be peaceful and we certainly want to protect them as they have that right to protest, too, and it will not escalate into what it has done for the last three or four nights here. >> are we going to see, colonel, any military hardware, humvees, any kind of military equipment that could trigger some sort of very, very explosive reaction? >> first of all, we don't have any humvees. there are tactical vehicles that have been in play here over the last few days. those units are going to be still available. they are not going to be on the front lines like what you've seen the last couple of nights. we're going to have uniformed officers working hand in hand with the local facilities, the
ferguson police department and the local department. but the assets, if they are needed, if you've got somebody throwing things at you, such as bricks and rocks and bottles, i would think you want protection. but we hope that it doesn't escalate to that tonight. we're asking for peaceful demonstrations. they certainly have the right to do that and we're going to allow that to occur tonight as long as it's peaceful and there's no violence going on and no looting that starts, we want a peaceful demonstration and we're going to protect that. >> we're showing our viewers, colonel, live pictures of people gathering right now even though it's not sundown yet. people are gathering in ferguson. they are angry. they want a protest. is there any consideration to a curfew in ferguson? because in other communities when there's been these kinds of problems, as you know, local law enforcement, sometimes the federal government institutes a
curfew. >> i've been here for most of the duration of this. i did come over today with our governor and captain, a troop commander. he is going to be our on-scene commander and it would be very inappropriate for me to talk about any curfews or a need for a curfew from my standpoint. >> so you're going to let people protest and express their views but if you see people starting to loot or get involved with violence, you've got the wherewithal to deal with that, right? >> that's exactly right. let me put it this way. since 1931, when our highway patrol was created, we prided ourselves to be ladies and gentlemen. we do it in a very respectful manner but we do enforce the law. as long as it is peaceful and no violations of law are occurring,
it's going to go very smoothly. but if any unrest occurs due to violence on law enforcement, we have resources in place to take care of that. we're hoping that it doesn't come to that tonight. we want to be there in a capacity and interact with this crowd and for them to do this peacefully and allow them to do that tonight and try to keep the roadways open here in ferguson. >> governor, you're showing live pictures of people gathering right now. they are getting ready to protest. how many members of the highway patrol are there in ferguson right now. >> i don't think it's important for me to start talking about numbers. we've got an adequate number here that we think to handle this. the highway patrol has been a part of that every sen gingle n in ferguson. i think what you're going to see is a shift in the tactics that have been used and hopefully the protesters will see that shift in tactics and it will remain
peaceful and we can have a good evening here in ferguson. >> colonel ronald replogle, good luck to you and all of the men and women who are out there. we'll watch it very, very closely together with you. let's bring in emanuel cleaver, the congressman from missouri. a democrat. what do you think, congressman, what should we be bracing for tonight? >> for nothing. i think the colonel said all of the right things. i think the governor did the right thing. i think the president spoke the right words today. i don't think there's going to be a problem tonight. as soon as you see the highway patrol beginning to interact with the peaceful protesters, you're going to see a de-escalation of the turmoil, the violence. when you disallow peaceful protests, you almost certainly
will have provocative and rauncous protest because people will need to ex press themselves. i don't think we're going to have any violence tonight. i think you're going to see a crowd gather up there in contact with ministers and reverend willis johnson who is right there with us, a church not far from where you see the crowd gathering. and i think these folk are trying to use the situation to make the community better. now, there are some hoodlums who show up all over the world where there's an opportunity to take advantage of chaos and they showed up and i don't think they are going to show up further because i think things are now under control. when you get the military equipment out of the weigh, i think it gives the protesters the feeling that we can now
protest peacefully and there's no threat hanging over us. congressman and i are going to request a meeting with the secretary of defense. we think if this military equipment is going to be dispersed around the country there ought to be, from the defense department, some stringent requirements. there should not be a one-pager. the communities that received this equipment must have police officers who must agree to be well-trained ahead of time. i think the head equipment should go to only places like new york, los angeles, chicago, where there is always a threat of some kind of a terrorist attack. but in middle america, you don't need left-over equipment from iraq. isis is using that equipment now. >> you are right about that. they have the equipment left behind from the iraqi military. let's talk a little bit about
the st. louis county police. they were in charge. the governor says no more. the highway patrol is coming in. what did they do wrong? >> well, first and foremost, the greatest flaw is not to understand that you have a flaw. and when you have a community that is becoming increasingly diverse, it would make sense to most police departments that we've got to have a diverse police department. they don't have that. and i think that -- if you talk to the people who are coming in and out of the community every day, they will tell you that there's a lingering problem with the police. and so i think that they were able to handle a crisis like this. i think also some of the officers there i think seem to have the idea that the
constitution is not a document that we have to embrace. i mean, you don't arrest reporters. you don't take the equipment in the united states. that's what they do, you know, in syria. and so i think they somehow need to be retrained and be segregated. >> what do you think about what the president of the united states had to say today about what's going on in ferguson? >> well, i think the president had to speak. he said all the right things. keep in mind, however, that the hoodlums are not going to be listening to what the president says. they are going to stand in the shadows hoping things can become chaotic enough to come and steal and relationship off. the overwhelming majority of the people who want to protest simply want to express their displeasure with what has happened to michael brown. they are angry and many don't believe that they are going to get justice. they believe that this is going to be whitewashed by the police
department there and so now that the president is saying there is a justice department and fbi are involved, i think people are feeling a little bit better but it has to continue and i think all of the elected officials from congressman lacy clay, the governor, senator mccaskill, they are all saying and doing the right things and i think that's why tonight you're going to see a lot less volatility. i will join some of the ministers of the community tomorrow evening when we will begin to try to worship and talk about what is necessary for healing. and then i think over the next few days you're going to see a quieting of everything. but i have to say, you know, if the police are not very careful, we could have another tragedy and if we have another tragedy, then everything i've said should be erased because there's no telling what could happen. >> let's hope that doesn't happen.
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clashes between local police, county police, and protesters over the past few days. we're also seeing a big difference in what is going on as far as police are concerned. they are trying to deignite this very tense situation. tom foreman is joining us. what is going on? >> wolf, aside from the protest and all of the concerns, this is what it's going to come down to. basically, the story of what happened. the whole incident took place in this northern suburb of st. louis. ferguson is a community of about 20,000 people. they agree that on early saturday afternoon michael brown and a friend were walking down the street when a police cruiser pulled up and told them on no uncertain terms to get on the sidewalk and they did not immediately comply. but then the stories diverge.
they say that brown pushed the car door as the officer tried to exit the vehicle. then they say that brown tried to take the officer's gun and the gun went off and then as brown fled, the officer pursued him and about 35 feet away from where all of this began, they say the officer then shot brown, killing the 18-year-old and brown was unarmed at the time. that's the police version of things. brown's friend and other witnesses are telling a very different story. their version is that the officer pulled up and he rapidly used his vehicle to block the way of the two young men and then shoved his door into them. the officer then reached through the window and grabbed brown, again, who is unarmed, threatened and then shot him. then, as brown fled, these witnesses say the officer chased him and even as brown turned around raising his hands, the
witnesses say, shots continued until brown was dead. same events, no doubt over a matter of seconds, wolf, and yet very different stories about what occurred. >> very different stories indeed. i want to show you the live pictures coming in from ferguson, missouri. they are continuing to gather. they are continuing to march so far looks pretty peaceful. we'll see what happens. let's discuss what's going on. let's bring in jeffrey toobin. law enforcement analyst, former assistant tom fuentes and cnn contributor cornell belcher. is it unusual to have very different stories of what happened, why this police officer shot and killed this young man? >> no, not at all. every single witness would have a slightly different story. but the difference in the story has added to all of the problem that has occurred since the
shooting incident. >> i spoke with that young man who was with him and he was very plu blunt. the cop stopped us and then for no reason in the end the cop repeatedly shot and killed my friend. even myself as a younger man, you can also see the confidence in certain institutions and look at the confidence in the police department. there's a better than 12-point spread between whites and blacks who have confidence in the police department and these things continue to happen. and look, i think whether what side you decide to fall on, congressman cleaver was right saying, look, what we saw in ferguson does not count as our ideals. it looked more like tr square
and none of want to see that. >> i just came back from the middle east and to see this right in the heart of the united states of america, i thought, is this really going on here? the police officer in question could potentially be facing homicide charges, right? >> absolutely. but we have the barest outlines. think of what we don't know, how many shots were fired, where were the entry and exit wounds on michael brown's body? have all of the witnesses been canvassed? are there any videos that we haven't seen yet? there's so much more to know and it will be a lot more than just the officer's word against the witnesses word. it will be all the evidence together which will paint a picture one way or the other. >> what i don't understand, tom, it took about four days for that young eyewitness who was walking with michael brown to be questioned, to be interviewed by local law enforcement. it seems like a long time to wait to speak with someone who
was right there? >> it does. i don't have the explanation to that and it took five days to come in front of the cameras and say, what's going on here? i think this incident, as bad as it was the shooting itself, it would have been made much worse by the completeless management that's been done since the shooting. the police should have been out there every day this week saying, here's who is in charge of trying to bring peace back to the community, here's who is conducting the homicide investigation, here is the fbi conducting a federal investigation to look into civil rights violations by that police officer. this is all ongoing and you should have had -- we've had st. louis county police in charge of the tactics for four days. this has been a failure of leadership on the authority's part for five straight days. >> and also, let's be clear, i tweeted about this today. we talk about social security and american politics.
race matters. politicians from either side want to touch that and if they can get -- sort of move away from not talking about race matters, they will because it's so treacherous. the political minds have been treacherous. however, when we don't delve into it, you see this sort of thing going on. our political leaders should have stepped up and we should have been having these conversations three, four, five days ago. >> and there has been a phony story told by the authorities which is, we can't talk about anything because it might compromise the investigation. sure, you shouldn't talk about the details of every witness' statement but basic facts like the officer's identity, how many shots were fired, what was the cause of death, those are basic facts that if you give them to the public, the public may not protest. >> stand by for a moment. i want to go back to jason carroll who is in missouri for us. we see the live pictures. we see the protesters.
they are marching on the street. i take it so far, so good. no violence. is that right? >> reporter: so far, peaceful demonstration. as you said, wolf, they were marching right up here several hundred people quietly, peacefully marching, chanting as well, police watching. again, a peaceful protest. i just also want to point out, wolf, we saw a lot of peaceful protests like this throughout the week. i think sometimes when you have the problems, when it's happening, it's late at night. in terms of what we're experiencing right here, several hundred people just marching by peacefully demonstrating through the area. >> i told jason what we're showing now is this is near the area where the incident occurred where michael brown was shot and killed by that police officer. so they are going there, i guess, to pay their respects. is that what they are doing? >> well, let me just tell you to
lay the land, this is the convenience store that was burned down. if you just go up the street to your left, not even a mile away, that is where the shooting incident happened. that is where brown was walking to his grandmother's house and apparently that's where many of these demonstrators are walking now. >> cornell, why does the governor think the state highway patrol will do a better job than the st. louis county police? >> well, look, i think to -- the county police clearly have done a poor job and there's been some questions about sort of diversity there and the need for diversity there. at this point, kudos for the governor to finally step in and say, okay, i'm going to take more control of the situation, bring some calm to this and start treating these protesters like americans and not treating them like they are terrorists. >> i think the highway patrol, the guys on the highway are going to give speeding tickets. i don't necessarily think of crowd control with the state
highway patrol. hold on because don lemon is joining us on the phone right now. don, where are you? i take it you're with the protesters. is that right? >> right with the protesters and they were quite rowdy and they are asking them to move back off the sidewalk. they are asking them to be respectful to the people who live here. right in front of the makeshift memorial are michael brown lost his life. and they have been walking down the street here, wolf, saying, no justice, no peace, no justice, no peace, holding their hands up, hands up, man down. definitely we're tired of it. we're americans. i've been speaking to young people since i got here earlier and they have been telling me that they feel like they are under occupation by police and that they are under suspicion all the time and one young man told me as he was walking down the street he said, since 15 years old i've been harassed by police and i'm 30 years old.
what's your name again? >> trevor. >> trevor, we're on live. watch your language. how do you feel? >> like i said earlier, we're all americans. it doesn't matter the skin color or the music we listen to. we deserve the same rights as other people. we don't deserve to get shot down in the street like dogs. my brother is here today and if it hadn't been -- all of us can get together and do something about it. >> people are watching around the country and don't understand what the anger and frustration is. explain? >> because it's been happenings for years. it's been happening -- in my lifetime. i'm 48 years old and this has been happening for 28 years. i've seen my father get harass, his father get harassed, everybody out here at least knows one person in the st. louis north county area and we're finally tired of it and
now we're tired. >> thank you, trevor. being looking at hundreds of people who are marching down this street, i don't know what the outcome is going to be meaning if this is the final place that they are going to. but it is quite a big assembly of people. a big group of people have assembled here. i just walked down the street and i didn't see this many people earlier and now all of a sudden they have assembled and, listen, we see a lot of unrest here but this appears to be extremely peaceful and somewhat organized, wolf. >> let's hope it stays that way, don. i'll get back to you in a moem. i want you to tell us also if you see law enforcement anywhere near where you guys are right now with this march. let me take a quick break. our special coverage continues in a minute.
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what do you anticipate will happen in the next hour or two or three? >> well, i can usually check the pulse of the community around where the quick trip protests have been happening. when i get in that area, that's when i'll be able to tell how people are feeling, how many -- i call them agitators have thrown up and i can get a feel for how the evening is going to go. things tend to turn once the sun goes down a little bit after 8:00. that's when we can see how things are going to turn out here. >> you mean in terms of people getting violent, looting, things like that? >> yes, yes, yes. that's when things tend to go south. >> are you fearful that could happen again? st. louis county police is no longer in the lead. it's the highway patrol that has taken charge. do you have more confidence in the highway patrol that they know what they are doing? >> you know what, i'm not going
to knock the st. louis county police because i've been out every night with my community and i've witnessed them show restraint on numerous occasion, on incidents that aren't being reported. i understand what's made them become more tense in the situation and i'm interested to see what the changes are and hopefully they are going to get better because as the day progress, everything is reactionary. if the police make the wrong move, the agitators become more agitated. and then there are other people out here who just want to come and they provoke negative interaction with the police. >> patricia, we're showing our viewers live pictures. that crowd seems to be growing as the minutes go by. it looks like a significantly bigger demonstration, correct me if i'm wrong, than last night or the night before.
are people coming from out of the area to protest? >> yes, more people are coming from out of town. some people are having their own agendas. they are coming with their own publications to pass out. so obviously the news is getting around and everybody is not here with good intentions. >> did the president's remarks have a positive impact on the community today? >> i think so because a big part of the african-american community, they voted for president obama. when it comes to the issue of police brutality and harassment, it's a personal issue for so many people who i've talked to. i've heard stories, you know, my grandfather was shot, my uncle was shot, my mother died in the hands of the police and so i'm just wondering, is that something that even the remarks of the well-respected united states can get over but i think
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cell phone here right in the middle of all these people. i started shooting on this road i guess about 20 or 30 minutes ago. hardly anybody was out here, then in a short amount of time, people showed up and they're getting text messages from community leaders, community organizers, text messages from their church. you goat a text message, you said, from your church, right? >> yes. >> reporter: just said where you should be and what time? >> it came from shalom church and a rally for michael brown. we started at the chambers, come out to support justice. >> reporter: so we've seen so many violent protests on television. this is completely nonviolent and peaceful? >> yes, it is. actually out here every night. put this out on social media. being shared all over the place. this is the most peaceful protest i've been to. i came out here --
>> reporter: you feel that things have changed now that it's turned, that it's not violent? >> definitely a different tone with it. on the streets since yesterday -- >> hold on for a moment, don. i'm going to get right back to you. we're going to continue to watch what's going on, peaceful demonstration. don lemon is right in the middle of all that. first, though, this "sixties" minute. >> the drug culture really took hold, and they started saying, let's get as many people to try lsd as you can. ♪ there's something happening here ♪ ♪ what it is ain't exactly clear ♪ >> the idea was if everybody's trying to work for the corporation, that you're losing a sense of self. >> kids were starting to question authority, question what was happening in their country. >> these are young people who are hungering for older people, for their parents to listen to them. >> the rules were changing. and the rules were really that
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people's whose homes i have been to. so as they said, i've got a dog in this fight. i've got a big dog in this fight. >> that's highway patrol captain ron johnson who has been put in charge of security in this st. louis suburb don lemon is in the middle of the marchers there. >> people are walking down the street here, wolf. and they've got hands up, man down. so listen, i am considering what we have seen in the past couple days in the news. it is quite a refreshing change to see a very large, very organized protest going on. that's exactly what they say they want here today. >> let's hope it stays like that. don lemon right in the middle of that. don will be back later today. he'll be anchoring cnn tonight live from ferguson, 10:00 p.m. eastern. don, we'll be watching you later tonight. i'll be back filling in for
anderson cooper 8:00 p.m. eastern. much more of the breaking news we're watching from ferguson, missouri. that's it for me, though. thanks for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >> next, breaking news, police bracing for another tense night in missouri after a night of violent clashes between protesters and police. you're looking at live pictures of what's being called a war zone. this in america. just who is in charge? we're live in ferguson tonight. journalists targeted by police. the television crew hit by tear gas, two reporters detained. one "outfront" tonight. robin williams, we just learned the actor was battling parkinson's disease. let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. i'mn